I have a question…
I accidentally hopped a curb on an angle and scraped my wheel cover and a small area of the tire peeled away.
I’ve been driving it around the city for a week now without any issues, and the tire has never deflated.
I know no one can guarantee complete safety… but my mechanic is quite far, and I was wondering if you would take this on the highway for 30min and get it replaced.
Also, should I cut away the part that detached? or would it throw off the balance of the tire?
This tire is unsafe at any speed and cannot be repaired.
Get your spare tire on, a donut is better than this tire.
" I know no one can guarantee complete safety"
I can guarantee that your tire is now dangerous to drive on.
As was already stated, you should mount the spare tire and then you should drive to a tire shop for an appropriate replacement tire. Replacing a tire does not necessitate driving to a specific mechanic’s shop.
Kaput! Gone! Any side wall damage will usually condemn a tire. This one is worse than average.
Not only is the tire done for my feeling is that the wheel itself should be scrapped and there is a good possibility of suspension damage and alignment issues also.
The tire may be the least of your problems.
That’s not a wheel cover, that’s a cast alloy wheel…It may or may not be salvageable. The junk tire needs to be removed from the wheel and the wheel closely inspected. If the wheel damage is superficial, a small hand grinder can be used to carefully “dress up” the damaged area. Don’t expect any shop to do that, that’s a DIY project…
If it were my car I would drive 30 miles on the highway to the tire store and have the tire (and it’s mate on the other side) replaced.
If it were my wife’s car I would put the spare on first before driving it 30 miles on the highway for a new tire.
I might drive it up to 40 mph or so.
If you have a spare, use that to get to the tire store.
If you don’t call a tow truck.
This tire should not be driven on. And I agree that the wheel should be carefully checked out along with the alignment and chassis… any decent alignment tech will give that portion of the chassis a good look-see anyway, but it never hurts to tell them to look at it to be sure.
For the record, there are places that will correct even an out-of-round wheel, but wheels are subjected to so much impact energy that I’d rather have a new one. It’s very cheap insurance.
I would have no problem driving with this tire on surface roads at 45 mph or less for 30 miles (keeping a firm grip on the steering wheel). The cords are intact and the rubber that’s peeled back contributes very little to the strength of the tire.
Thanks a lot for the advice guys. I’ll get the tire switched.
So does this mean you’re going to ignore the wheel, possible suspension/steering damage, and alignment issues?
I am a cheapskate and have had my share of cars that were in less than good condition when driven around, but I never messed with tires & brakes. That should give you an idea.